Emergence of Bryan Flynn may make Gerbe expendable
Bryan Flynn has certainly made the most of his opportunity in the NHL, scoring three goals and adding an assist in his eight career games.
Flynn’s game is simple; keep the feet moving, get pucks to the net and never give up. Similar to that of a fan favorite in Buffalo, Nathan Gerbe.
Despite the size difference (Flynn stands at 6′ 1″ and Gerbe is at 5′ 5″), the two play a very similar style of game and while many may believe Buffalo could use more players like them. However, the production between them are unsettling. Flynn has four points in eight games, while Gerbe has six points in 25 games.
The lines that each have been assigned may also spell trouble for Gerbe in the near future. Flynn has thrived with Marcus Foligno and Kevin Porter, a line that also had success in the AHL. Gerbe, on the other hand, has been buried on the fourth line, playing with lesser offensive talents like John Scott and Jochen Hecht. There was a stint during the season where Gerbe seemed to be developing chemistry with Steve Ott, who has assists on every goal Gerbe has this season. But those two have been broken up.
While moving Gerbe would not be wise, it’s not that far fetched either. The team has been a disaster all season and guys like Gerbe could attract a lot of attention from other teams come the April 3 trade deadline. Of course, there are other players that deserve to be moved over Gerbe. Drew Stafford has been a slouch for most of the season, even despite his two-goal performance against Ottawa Saturday. Buffalo’s blueliners have been awful, and with players like Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb in the system, there aren’t too many of them that can feel safe about their job security. But still, Gerbe is on high watch as the trade deadline approaches, despite his heart and tenacity.
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